An Elegant, Whimsical Wedding at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois

Norman Kabir (43 and a software engineer) and Lauren Russell (27 and speech-language pathologist) met by a stroke of luck on a flight from Seattle, WA

Norman Kabir (43 and a software engineer) and Lauren Russell (27 and speech-language pathologist) met by a stroke of luck on a flight from Seattle, WA to Portland, OR when they were randomly seated next to each other. After talking for a bit, they realized they were both on their way to the same wedding! Since both of them were attending the wedding without dates, they spent the time together. They started dating a few months later. They chose to have their wedding in the Stanley Field Hall at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL. Both grew up in the Chicago area and always loved the museum. "We liked that the space was unique and had elephants, Sue the Dinosaur and a totem pole all in the same room," Lauren says. Their color palette was a mix of dark colors, fuchsia, purple and navy. "We wanted to match the elegance of the Field Museum, but add personalized touches to make our guests feel welcomed and relaxed," Lauren says. They had African bride and groom worry dolls pinned to the bridal bouquet, robot cake toppers and placed dinosaurs on their escort cards to match the dinosaurs in the museum. Centerpieces were a mix of peonies, garden roses and hydrangeas surrounded by candlelight creating a warm, sophisticated ambiance. Adding a fun touch to their day, Norm and Lauren setup a photo booth in front of Sue the Dinosaur for guests to take creative photos. Norm and Lauren made sure their styles and personalities were shown in their special day.

Elegant, Black and White Wedding Invitation
Fuchsia and Purple Flower Bouquets
Peony and Orchid Bridal Bouquet
Norm and Lauren wanted  to make sure their wedding party was comfortable so all of the groomsmen wore suits they already owned.
Bride and Groom with Chicago Skyline
Candle Aisle Decor
Wedding Ceremony at Field Museum of Natural History
Five-Tier, Pink and Purple Wedding Cake
Reception Dining Tables at Field Museum
Norm and Lauren loved how elephant sculptures, a dinosaur and totem poles were all in the Stanley Field Hall at the Field Museum of Natural History.
Norm and Lauren First Dance
Dinosaur figurines held down place cards matching the dinosaur exhibits at the Field Museum.
Norm and Lauren are not fonds of the classic, diamond rings. "We decided on a moissanite since its extremely sparkly and has a dash of science for Norm," Lauren says.
It only took the bridesmaid 15 minutes to choose their navy dresses.
Tall Candles with Fuchsia Centerpieces
Fuchsia Centerpieces with Navy Tablecloths
Norm and Lauren set up a photo booth in front of Sue the Dinosaur where guests could take serious or silly photos.